MANILA – The wake of artist-activist Arvin "Tado" Jimenez was opened to the public on Sunday afternoon.
Jimenez was among 14 passengers killed in an accident involving a Florida bus in Bontoc, Mountain Province last Friday.
He had planned on writing about his Mt. Province trip in his book titled "40 Mountains."
Hours after have a private wake, the comedian’s family decided to open it to the public starting 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Jimenez’s close friend and TV host Jun Sabayton announced the schedule of Tado's wake on his Twitter account.
Tado's wake will be from February 9 to 11at the Packet Santiago Funeral Homes in Marikina City.
The group Dakila, co-founded by Jimenez, poet-TV host Lourd de Veyra, actor Ronnie Lazaro, Parokya ni Edgar bassist Buwi Meneses and singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon, arranged the comedian’s wake.
Dakila is a group of artists, students and individuals advocating modern heroism in the country.
Friends of Tado remember him not merely as a comedian but as a true artist and a dedicated activist.
In a statement posted on Dakila's Facebook page, the group described Tado's ideas as "bordering from the insanely absurd to downright brilliant."
"His thought-provoking lines, witty commentary and signature style commanded the attention and rebellion of the public that sought for alternative heroes. His ideas, bordering from the insanely absurd to downright brilliant, spawned outstanding works that continue to influence this generation," Dakila said.
Tado is survived by his wife Lei and daughters, Taja, Diyosa, Indi and Tila.
As a part of the celebration of Tado's life, there will be cultural presentations every night during his wake.
Jimenez is set to be cremated on February 12, Wednesday.—with reports from Jenny Reyes and Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBN News